New Indiana Regulation has E-Liquid Manufacturers and Vape Shop Owners Steaming

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Next July, Indiana will start enforcing a new law regarding e-cigarette sales. House Enrolled Act 1432 will require manufacturers in the state to have a permit from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in order to continue producing e-liquid.

In addition, to having to obtain a permit, companies that produce e-liquid will also have to hire 24/7 security on site where the e-liquid is produced and stored, as well as have their blueprints on file. As an unintended consequence, the new regulation could lead vape storeowners to lose part of their inventory if manufacturers fail to meet the requirements.

According to at least one local vape storeowner, Troy Leblanc, this could mean that upwards of “[f]ifty to 60 percent of the liquids that we sell would have to be taken off the shelf because they come from companies who use certified labs, who use clean rooms, but don’t have the money to take security measures the Indiana state is requiring.”

Vape storeowners like Leblanc probably won’t lose all of their e-liquid, as companies that produce e-liquid in sealed (filled) cartridges are exempt from these rules; however, this is a fairly dull silver lining.

Leblanc feels the new restrictions will prevent vape shops from opening in Indiana, saying instead they will cross the border into Kentucky and take their valuable tax dollars with them.

The attorney general will be in charge of the state’s defense. According to Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General: “The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is fully prepared to defend state laws the Legislature passed from legal challenges that plaintiffs’ lawyers file.”

This is just one of the many challenges that e-cigarette producers, sellers and vapors smokers are facing right now all across the country. To keep abreast in the changes happening in the world of e-cigarettes, browse EverSmoke’s blog and learning center.

After you’ve studied up, don’t forget to check out our awesome vaping products, accessories and supplies in our online store.

British TV Allowing E-Cigarette Advertising

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E-cigarette advertisements have become much more commonplace in the U.S. in the last few years as smokeless nicotine delivery devices become increasingly popular. Until recently though (the end of 2014 to be exact), e-cigarettes were banned from British television programming altogether.

Now, however, the rules are changing and e-cigarette manufactures will be allowed to expand their advertisements on British TV.

Before now, British rules for e-cigarette advertisements did not differentiate between electronic and tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarette manufacturers were allowed to advertise their brand on British TV; however, it was illegal actually to show an actual e-cigarette.

Under the new Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) guidelines, in order to show an e-cigarette on TV the advertisement needs to follow certain rules. For example:

  • E-cigarettes cannot be presented in a way that appeal to minors. The CAP rules mention specifically that e-cigarette adverts can’t look like they’re suggesting a “youth culture”
  • Adverts cannot suggest non-smokers take up vaping
  • The words ‘safer’ and/or ‘healthier’ cannot be used
  • The adverts also cannot make health claims, unless they have special permissions

The BBC reported on one of the first e-cigarette advertisements to appear on British television. The TV ad showed a group of friends seen vaping and exchanging information about how e-cigarettes have changed their lives while enjoying a meal together.

Many e-cigarette manufacturers feel that this first step in lightening vaping restrictions is not only good for business, but also good for the public. A chief executive of one e-cigarette maker stated, “The new advertising rules are a positive step to show people how vaping can help them move away from tobacco products.”

Here at EverSmoke, we agree that it’s a positive thing to be able to show people that there are better options when it comes to nicotine delivery. If you’re looking for a high-quality alternative nicotine delivery system, look no further than EverSmoke!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to check out our diverse selection of vaping products. Plus, be sure to browse our vaping blog and knowledge center for more info about vaping in general.

Let’s Talk About Nicotine

What is Nicotine? Nicotine Molecular StructureNicotine is a huge topic of discussion as of late. It’s a hot button issue, and big debates involving this substance are currently occurring at the legislative levels. Obviously, it relates directly to the electronic cigarette industry and culture, as our products involve voluntary usage of it, and put the control into people’s hands to determine whether or not, as well as, how they opt to use it. As with much regarding laws and electronic cigarette regulation, is it becoming a question of taking power away from people, or is it truly for their benefit that nicotine is gaining so much attention?

With that in mind, let’s discuss nicotine. Here is a closer look at this substance, often given so much negative press.

What is Nicotine?

Nicotine is a naturally-occurring substance, found in nature, derived from the nightshade plant family, most obviously within the tobacco plant. It is considered a stimulant in mammals, and can be harmful in excessive doses. Other natural sources of (trace amounts of) nicotine include, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, green pepper, and the leaves of to coca plant, which contains nicotine alkaloids.

How Does it Feel?

Nicotine is the most widely used nootropic substance, behind caffeine, in the world. It gives users feelings of alertness, awareness, boosting focus and cognition, plus enabling better performance overall.

How is it Used?

Medically and recreationally, nicotine is used in countless ways. Everyday users, who smoke cigarettes, use electronic cigarettes, gums, nicotine patches, and cigars enjoy it for the pleasant feelings as well as the boosted mindset. Medically, nicotine has been used in treatments designed to help smokers reduce dependence, as well as in ailments such as ulcerative colitis. Furthermore, research indicates that there is potential for nicotine to benefit patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, attributed to how nicotine aids in enhancing focus and concentration.

Is Nicotine Carcinogenic?

While this misunderstanding pervades common knowledge of nicotine, it is not a carcinogenic substance.

Is Nicotine Dangerous?

Generally no, but like many other substances, it can be overdosed on. If you are using e-liquids instead of e-cig nicotine cartridges, purchase from brands that sell them in childproof bottles, and under all circumstances, keep them out of reach of children. Just as you would with alcohol or other drugs and medicines.

So, what are your thoughts on nicotine now that you know more about it? When it comes to electronic cigarettes, nicotine e-liquids are used in lieu of actual tobacco. Users are able to choose their own level, and have the option to use no nicotine at all if they prefer. The difference between vaping and smoking is the availability of choices, giving users the power and option to decide on their own. Bottom line: nicotine is not the bad guy.

North Carolina One Step Closer to Requiring E-Liquid Warning Labels

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The state of North Carolina legislators are taking the first steps to making warning labels and child-resistant packaging mandatory for e-cigarette liquid. The bipartisan Senate Bill 286 (sponsored by Senators Stan Bingham and Don Davis) passed unanimously through the House Health committee and the Senate by a vote of 48-0. It will now move on to the House for a final vote.

The bill will require all e-liquid sold in North Carolina to be clearly packaged and have a warning label. The law would go into effect on December 1st if the bill passes. Any company or individual in violation of the law could face a misdemeanor.

The child-resistant packaging SB 286 would require is packaging that is “significantly difficult” for children (especially those under 5) to open. In addition, the safety warning required would need to follow N.C. Commission for Public Health guidelines.

Reason for Concern

As e-cigarette usage has become more prevalent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noticed an increase in the number of poisoning amongst children (especially those younger than age 5). The major concern with exposure (defined as ingestion, splashed into eyes or onto the skin and inhalation) to e-liquid is the nicotine found within.

Nicotine over-exposure, especially a concentrated liquid version, can lead to nausea, eye irritation and/or vomiting.

In addition to protecting children from being inadvertently exposed to liquid nicotine by requiring child-resistant packaging, this bill would also help to protect vapers from bootleg e-liquid and ensure that they purchase their e-cigarette supplies from reputable sources.

Sen. Bingham feels that not only will the bill fulfil its intended purpose, but it will also bring awareness to being a responsible e-cigarette user. Bingham has stated that he feels “there are too many e-cig and vaporizer users who don’t recognize the potential harm the e-liquid can cause if contacted in those ways.”

Purchasing your e-cigarette components from a reputable company such as EverSmoke.com ensures that you have a high quality product – with the added benefit of a pre-filled cartridge so you won’t have bottles of e-liquid laying around. Take some time to browse our site, check out our products and access more information about e-smoking in our blog and knowledge center.

Benefits to Switching: A Healthier Lifestyle

get healthy by vapingOne of the nicest perks to leaving tobacco behind in favor vapor smoking is the benefit of a healthier lifestyle. Here is a look at some of the ways e-cigs can help contribute to a better quality of life, and what you’re in for should you decide to make the switch!

-No Longer a Tobacco Smoker

By simply no longer subjecting your body to a tobacco smoke, you can be free of all those chemicals cigarettes are laced with. Your lungs will no longer be full of smoke, which carries said toxic chemicals, and they will not be accumulating the residual tar from cigarettes.

-Better Taste Capacity

Smoking hinders your ability to taste things correctly. Luckily, it can be reversed, and when you switch to e-cigs, you very well may experience this pleasant side effect. As a result, you may be able to make better food choices for yourself, since you’ll be able to taste a world of new, exciting flavors!

-H2O

Switching can often make your mouth dry, and it is recommended that you drink a lot of water to keep your mouth, as well as your body hydrated to prevent dry mouth and feeling dehydrated. Upping your water intake has the pleasant side effect of cleansing your system, upping the performance of your digestion, flushing out toxins, and helping you feel good.

-Get Active

If switching has you feeling frisky, energized, or just so darn elated because you’ve escaped the shackles of tobacco, you may be physically up for more activity. In which case, you may be more inclined towards exercising, and in which case, good for you! Cigarettes affect the cardiovascular system, and are known to make users feel awful when working up a sweat and doing anything that involves heavy physical activity. Go ahead and switch; let us know how you feel!

-Your Love Life

Speaking of physical activity and getting sweaty, vapers smell better, have nicer smiles, and their hearts and lungs don’t have to function through the haze of tobacco. Get where this is going? Vapers are more appealing lovers, and we all know getting it on can make you feel great, is helpful at relieving stress, and overall just staying healthy!

So when you think about it, vaping offers a lot of great benefits that can make you feel awesome! Quality of life accounts for so much; why not take advantage of the possibilities?

It’s All About Control; Not Quitting

E-Cigarette ResearchIn response to a recent article published by Health Day and US News Health, we would like to take this opportunity to address their statements regarding electronic cigarette users and their lack of critical thinking when it comes to their smoking and usage of these products.

The article attempts to label electronic cigarette users as delusional and foolish. Specifically stating that those who use these devices are not in tune with reality, and they erroneously believe that these products will assist them with quitting smoking, when in actuality it is not possible. It’s such a shame when even major publications cannot distinguish e-cigarette myths from reality.

Our take? It’s rather disturbing when an established news publication prints falsifications, generalizations, and commentary that lacks substance, goes heavy on speculation, and overdoses on fluff. They further their argument by “backing up” their claims with more biased opinions, not actual facts, from so-called scientists. Statistics are one way of proving a fact, however making a broad generalization about the entire vaping population, (we’re talking millions of people here, within a several billion dollar industry) holds no water.

Electronic cigarettes are not cessation devices. They are marketed as alternatives to traditional cigarettes, and most users are aware of this. Along the same lines, many users have been able to switch completely to vaping, and consciously decrease not only their nicotine intake but also their frequency of smoking. There is a higher level of control for those who opt for vapor, and most users will praise the amount of control they gain over their habits as a result of switching.

One of the big differences between traditional cigarettes and electronic, is that with e-cigarettes you can call the shots on almost every single aspect. You choose the style of device you’d like, your flavor, your nicotine level, the accessories would like to use, in addition to a host of others. It’s an experience that caters to the individual, while filling the void of smoking. While traditional cigarettes offer basically one style, and one way to use them, e-cigarettes put the control into users hands. And while this article aims to shine a negative light on those who use these products, cast a shadow of fear for those who may be interested in switching, glorify speculation for those have issues with e-smoking, it doesn’t mar the truth that many smokers have been able to decrease their nicotine levels so drastically they were able to quit smoking due to having full control back in their hands.

Delusion? Not within a population who readily research everything with authority. Misunderstanding? Not the majority of vapers when it comes to what products they use. This is one demographic who does not take general statements at face value. These are thinkers, doers, and outright seekers; vapers are not ones to stay in the dark. When it comes to e-cigarette research, medical, environmental, and otherwise, you bet these guys are on it!

Do E-Cigs Boost Workplace Productivity?

E-Cigarettes in the WorkplaceE-cigarettes in the workplace. It’s an ongoing discussion. Why? Because smoking in the workplace is obviously a no-go, and vaping allows for  more productivity during  work, without needing excessive smoke-breaks. So, do e-cigs in the workplace boost productivity, or do they hinder it?

All work environments are different. Not everyone is aware of the differences between smoking and vaping. Many employers and managing personnel are not fond of their workers needing constant time-outs to smoke. Furthermore, smokers carry certain stigma that do not classify them as the healthiest of employees.

Where is this going? Well, the concept of vaping in the office is an argument split down the middle. Some see it as a beneficial advent, enabling smokers to “smoke” without causing a scene, annoying anyone with the smell of smoke, while enabling them to get more work done without needing to exit to light up as often as necessary.

On the other hand, many employers are not yet willing to allow an all-day vaping free-for-all. Because there has been no regulation regarding e-cigarettes, to outright say they are safe for indoor usage, and do not expose those nearby to anything, not allowing on the job vaping is a safer position to take.

So, can e-cigs up productivity? Yes. For example, smokers are often fixated on their next cigarette. In times of stress, as often comes within the territory of working, smokers want a cigarette. In moments of concentration, smokers want a cigarette to boost it. During mid-day slump, smokers want a cigarette. See where this is going? All those mini-breaks equate to smoking employees needing another option to stay on task, and get things done. Vaping in the workplace solves it.

At the moment, some employers may not have the ability to allow vaping on the job, even if they want to due to liability. However, if you are interested in opening up a dialogue with your workplace on the subject, start with educating on electronic cigarette usage. The more awareness people have, the more acceptance can build. While this is generally a new area of discussion, hopefully it will be the accepted norm in time.

How to Get Started Vaping!

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You may have been hearing a lot lately about this exciting alternative to traditional analog cigarettes called vaping.  Perhaps you have even considered trying them out yourself, but you get put off by lots of conflicting information and facts. Where to start?!

Without further ado, let’s clear up a few questions you may have right now so that you too can enjoy vaping like the rest of us…

First and foremost, your electronic cigarette selection is a very personal choice.  Just as traditional smokers have preferences on cigarette brand, flavor and strength, the same is true for vaping.  At Eversmoke, we have a variety of electronic cigarette starter kits that are excellent for beginning vapers.

Our electronic cigarettes are designed with the ex-smoker in mind.  However, if you are looking for a more advanced type of electronic vaping device, you may want to consider a vaporizer. Advanced vaporizers require more knowledge and skill to operate, so definitely keep that in mind before making your purchase decision.

Ask yourself these questions: Are you looking for a kit that comes with everything you could possibly need, or do you want to stick with a basic starter kit until you are sure vaping is your thing?  You should decide what you’re looking for and what you simply can’t do without in order to help narrow down your options. Make a pro/con list if it helps!

Next you need to figure out how much nicotine you feel you may need.  If you were a heavy smoker, you may require a higher nicotine concentration starting out than someone who smokes infrequently. Learn which nicotine strength you require.

The next consideration is flavor.  If you are using an electronic cigarette with a disposable cartridge, we have 10 delicious flavor choices!  If you decide to use a vaporizer, there are much more flavor combinations.

When it comes to beginning your vaping journey, the type of electronic cigarette, nicotine strength and flavor choice are the top three things to consider. Don’t let all the options overwhelm you!

Spend time browsing our blog and learning center if you’d like to become more knowledgeable about electronic cigarettes and vaping.

San Francisco Giants Strike Out on Chewing Tobacco

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The city of San Francisco is working to pass an historic ordinance that would ban members of the Giants baseball team from using smokeless chewing tobacco during game play. This would be a first for Major League Baseball.

The ban was the result of a unanimous vote specifically geared toward MLB players’ use of smokeless tobacco and will apply to all playing fields citywide. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids helped push the law to a vote. However, it must pass one more vote and be signed by Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, before going into effect.

If passed, the law will begin next year (January 1, 2016) and the start of the 2016 MLB season.

“It’s a serious health issue,” according to Jess Montejano, legislative aide to Mark Farrell, the chief sponsor of the ban. “Kids are seeing their athletic heroes chewing tobacco on the baseball diamond.’”

Rather than being blindsided by the ban, the San Francisco Giants have been paying close attention to the talks. Moreover, the MLB is quoted as stating they have “long supported a ban of smokeless tobacco at the Major League level” and have even looked forward to “a ban of its use on-field in discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association.”

On April 10, 2015, the University of California San Francisco released a study focusing on baseball players’ use of chewing tobacco. The study concluded that by using chewing tobacco on the field (in front of fans, children specifically) they were acting as walking advertisements. Researcher found that more than half (52.3%) of male collegiate baseball players used smokeless tobacco at least once between 2012 and 2013.

While smokeless tobacco may be easier for baseball players to use during the game than other nicotine delivery replacements (especially while at bat!), it is much more dangerous for them. The San Francisco Giants and all MLB players (and you) should consider a safer smoke-free alternative like smokeless cigarettes from EverSmoke.

Find out why our smokeless products are homeruns by browsing our site today!

Make Summertime Vaping Even More Amazing!

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Many of us can’t wait to dive into summer activities like swimming, boating, grilling out with friends and soaking up the beautiful sunshine while doing all the other things you enjoy when the weather is warm and the days are long.  And if you vape, you know how awesome those summer days can be with delicious flavors like Peach Passion and Pina Colada!

Of course, with the heat and humidity there comes a few things we should all heed when it comes to getting the most out of your favorite vaping device during the summer months.

The vapor output of your electronic cigarette can be negatively affected by high heat and humidity if you aren’t careful. Here are some tips to make sure your vaping device doesn’t come down with a case of summertime sadness:

  • Careful where you leave it.  A hot car in the summer months is the worst place to leave your vaping device lying around.  Did you know that when it is 90 degrees outside, it can be 150 degrees or more in your car? Yikes, that’s hot! This is why we never leave pets and kids (or your electronic cig) in these stifling conditions.
  • Store e -juice in a cool, dark place.  Some people go overboard and store their electronic cigarettes and e-liquid in freezers.  However, this practice is not good for your e-liquid.  We advise not to store your device below 55 degrees.  Long-term extreme cold temperatures can affect the flavor of your electronic cigarette just like heat does. See our article on properly storing your vaping supplies
  • Prepare for summer thunderstorms!  Not only do you want to protect your device from rain, but also from those power outages during summer thunderstorms.  Be prepared and make certain you have plenty of battery backup so you don’t miss a beat.
  • Stay away from sand.  While you can (and should) definitely experience the joy of vaping on the beach, try and keep the sand from getting into your device where it can clog it up.  If you are bringing a bag or purse, store it in there until you’re ready to use it.
  • Keep it safe! Lastly, make certain you safely carry your electronic cig in a special holder or carrying case so that it doesn’t accidentally get crushed or damaged during all of the summertime activity.

Go make some amazing summer memories and enjoy vaping while you’re at it!

If you are just considering the electronic cigarette alternative, we invite you to browse the many articles about vaping in our knowledge center and blog.